Make a difference: search volunteering opportunities for CAs
Volunteering opportunities for CAs
ICAS fully supports members taking on voluntary roles, and if you are interested in using your skills and expertise to make a difference we have a range of volunteering opportunities for you to support.
Accountants can play a key role in making sure groups are able to raise funds, plan business strategy, and can work with bodies to ensure the smooth running of not-for-profit organisations.
Taking on a voluntary role can be a great opportunity for CAs to use their experience and skills to make a positive difference, and many finance professionals who volunteer claim giving back is one of the main perks of the role.
A list of non-profit organisations currently accepting vacancies are listed below - we hope you feel inspired to volunteer.
We also encourage non-members from the accounting and finance community to take up these opportunities.
Guidance and CPD
Members who are looking to get involved in volunteering for a charity should ensure that they keep up-to-date with charity sector developments relevant to their role, which will comply with ICAS CPD requirements. For members acting as volunteer independent examiners, ICAS has issued additional Scottish charities guidance for CAs for you.
Advertise a voluntary position with us
If you're a charity or a voluntary organisation looking for a CA, and would like to place a vacancy advertisement on our website, please complete our submissions form.
Available volunteering opportunities:
Treasurer, Action Porty
- Employer: Action Porty
- Contact: Jennifer Elliot
- Location: Portobello, Edinburgh and Online
- Closing date for applications: 31/08/2022
About the Employer
Action Porty are seeking a new Treasurer. Action Porty was set up as a Charity and Company Ltd by Guarantee but have recently changed to become a Community Benefit Society in order to undertake a Community Share Offer.
Action Porty was set up to secure Bellfield as the 1st urban community buy-out. Bellfield was bought in Sept 2017, opening in June 2018 and have operated successfully as a community hub for four years now.
About the Vacancy
The previous Treasurer remains on the board and continues to carry out day to day financial tasks such as paying suppliers and wages, working with our payroll provider. Last year, a bookkeeper was engaged to work with our Office Administrator on invoicing and to support the Treasurer and the bookkeeper remains in place. There is an active Funding subgroup with a good success rate in securing grants of varying sizes. This is a great opportunity for a trainee accountant to gain board and Treasurer experience in the growing community ownership sector by joining a capable, vibrant, fun but stable board with ambitious plans.
At its most simple, the only Treasurer responsibility will be to liaise with the accountants to ensure the annual accounts for 2022-2023 are completed correctly and in a timely fashion (work starts in August, to be submitted in December) but being a board member would also involve some aspects of decision-making. We're very open to suggestions and improvements in our accounting practices and systems. Ideally the candidate will stay on the board for at least a year or two. The Treasurer will have the full support of the board and staff. Xero has been the accounting system since 2018. Five sets of annual accounts have been submitted working with the same accountants. The accounts need to be compliant with charities SORP
Board meetings are once a month for a couple of hours either online or in Bellfield, Portobello, Edinburgh. There may be one or two other evening meetings as required in a month, which can be online, for the candidate to get up to speed with the project and secure the information required to complete the annual accounts.
How to apply
To apply, please send a covering letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair and Trustees roles, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC)
- Employer: South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC)
- Contact: Catriona MacKie, 0141 212 7555
- Location: South Lanarkshire
- Closing date for applications: 22/08/2022
- Apply here
About the Employer
South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC) has served South Lanarkshire since 2002 as a leisure trust, expanding to include cultural services in 2010. SLLC's main aim is to provide facilities for recreation, sport, and cultural pursuits which are of maximum benefit to the community and, in so doing, ensure this provision is truly inclusive. SLLC is responsible for the operation, management and development of indoor and outdoor sport and leisure facilities, community halls, arts venues, country parks, libraries and museum services throughout South Lanarkshire. They are committed to their vision of:
˜Working in partnership to enrich people's lives through the provision of a wide range of high quality services that are customer focused, affordable and accessible to all"
About the Vacancy
A strong framework is essential to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of SLLC in the delivery of this mission. The importance therefore of a strong and dedicated board is evident, especially in its role of ensuring good governance. To this end, SLLC are seeking new trustees and a Chair to help guide the organisation in improving health and wellbeing in the community.
Opportunities are available to be appointed either as a Board member or as Chair. Applicants interested in the role of Chair should have previous board experience, preferably including Chair or Vice Chair experience, as well as a strong understanding of the nature of culture and leisure trusts. All candidates must be committed to the improvement of the South Lanarkshire area and must share in the vision of SLLC of encouraging "Healthier, happier, and more connected lives."
The Board meets a minimum of four times per year and new Board members will receive training and development to ensure they feel confident in their appointment and are able to undertake their legal obligations and contribute to our public charitable objectives.
How to apply
For more information please visit https://jobs.aspenpeople.co.uk/job/chair-and-board-trustees-360.aspx or for a confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact Catriona Mackie or David Currie at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555
Candidates should submit a CV and supporting letter in one document.
Trustee/Treasurer, Textile Conservation Foundation
- Employer: Charity Trustee and Treasurer
- Contact: Clare Meredith, 07768 780746
- Location: Glasgow University
- Closing date for applications: 31 August 2022
- Apply now
About the employer
Charity providing support for the Kelvin Centre for Conservation & Cultural Heritage Research based at the University of Glasgow. Principal activities include providing bursaries to students completing the two year MPhil Textile Conservation which is a very prestigious internationally recognised course attracting students from throughout the world. In addition the charity provides grants to the Centre to support the development of new courses and other research projects.
About the vacancy
Charity Trustee and Treasurer responsible for authorising bank payments initiated by the Secretary (approx. 30 payments per annum), reviewing budget summary prepared by the Secretary and then discussing this at Trustee meetings. Oversight of investment reports prepared by Investment Managers and scrutiny of annual accounts which are subject to Independent Examination by a CA Firm. Advising on maintenance of unrestricted reserves to ensure charity is a going concern.
Attendance at 3 Trustee meetings per annum each lasting 2-3 hours. Other duties around 1 hour per month.
Email email@example.com enclosing CV and statement of why you are interested in the position.
Change the Game workshop volunteers, RedSTART Educate
- Employer: RedSTART Educate
- Contact: Claire Fraser-Lim, Education Engagement Manager
- Location: Bristol, London, the northeast of England, Scotland, & Suffolk
- Closing date for applications: July 2022 for next academic year but also ongoing
About the Employer
RedSTART Educate is a charity delivering pioneering financial education to primary school children in England and Scotland.
The charity delivers face to face workshops and activities using game play to help children understand a range of vital financial concepts such as: risk and reward, rewards from working hard, interest and saving, using a bank and financial scams.
RedSTART is partnering with schools in locations across England and Scotland to improve social mobility through an approach which is:
- Targeted towards disadvantaged cohorts of children in each year of their primary education
- Impactful through making a real difference to financial outcomes and the wellbeing of the children when they reach adulthood, their families and communities
- Measurable by demonstrating the long-term, quantifiable benefits of financial education to policymakers
RedSTART sees the same children from Reception to Year 6 (in England) or Primary 1 to Primary 7 (in Scotland) and provides accredited resources to each primary year group.
About the Vacancy
RedSTART has vacancies for lead facilitators and support facilitators to deliver financial education workshops as part of a team. Training will be provided and there is scope for support facilitators to progress to become lead facilitators.
Support Facilitator: minimal training, DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, or a PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) Disclosure check required depending on legal jurisdiction, & online safeguarding course (30 minutes).
Lead Facilitator- all the above and additional two hour in person training course, observation and co-leading a minimum of two workshops before becoming ‘accredited’.
There are vacancies in the following locations:
- Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders
- Northeast of England (Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland)
- Southwest of England (Bath, Bristol, Weston-super-Mare)
- Suffolk (Lowestoft, Ipswich, Norwich)
Training is expected to take begin in September continuing throughout the academic year with the delivery of workshops to take place in November and beyond.
For lead volunteers, RedSTART is seeking a minimum four half days per year for three years during term time.
For support volunteers, RedSTART is seeking a minimum one half day per year for three years during term time.
*This is in addition to the training required for each facilitator role as listed above
How to apply or find out more
Please contact Claire Fraser-Lim by email (Claire.Fraser-Lim@redstarteducate.org) for more information or to volunteer.